A fortnightly diary of the Pink City by Jaipurwallah will reflect Jaipur in all its colours and nuances
Of Garbage & Jaipur
They will pick up the garbage. They won’t pick up the garbage. They will. They won’t. (Sigh). Meanwhile the mounds of garbage at various points in the city welcome the visitors, the tourists. The huge mound of garbage outside my apartment complex is an eyesore for sure in an otherwise clean surrounding. Meanwhile, we are told that the JMC and the garbage-picking company continue to negotiate the rates. Godspeed!
Summer learnings are a regular feature in any city during the months of May and June. The 2 most popular centres are the Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) and the City Palace. Both these centres get well known artistes and painters to come and train the children. At the end of the 45-day long training they, the children, give performances much to the delight of their proud parents.
JKK vs Local Artistes
The local artistes have been up in arms against the JKK ever since the State Government made this huge initiative of revamping the cultural hub of Rajasthan. The Centre, designed by Charles Correa, has been totally revamped past over one year. The Centre has seen plethora of national and international artistes who have come and performed here. Nevertheless, the local artistes keep feeling that they have been neglected and ignored. As many as 87 RTIs have been filed against the organisation. Hope there will be a solution soon. Meanwhile, the JKK is all set for a series of performances in the coming year. The calendar is ready which also includes a week of theatre specially for the Rajasthani artistes and playwrights.
Where on Earth have the ‘Aandhis’ gone?
Dust storms used to be a pretty regular feature in Jaipur. ‘Aandhis’ as we called them used to came at the onset of summer and used to put in disarray the entire city. Apart form the dust everywhere－including the mouth, eyes and hair－more often than not the power would go away too for a few hours. Frankly, I long for the dust storms which I haven’t witnessed for a couple of years. God alone knows if it is owing to the global warming, the much touted term these days.
Lal Kothi Mandi for Summer Fruits
If there is one thing I like about the summer are the fruits. In Jaipur, the best place to shop for fruits is, of course, the Lal Kothi Mandi. There is, of course, the king of fruits the Mango. One can also find the Mumbai’s Alphonso here as well. One can order in bulk also as give-aways. Then there are the ‘jamuns’, ‘phalsas’, ‘lychees’, cherries, plums, apricots among others. Whoever said summers are unbearable?